The United States District Judge William Conley ordered Apple to pay a fine of $506 million to the Alumni Research Foundation of the University of Wisconsin in the case of the infringement of a patent associated with the computer processing technology used in the A7, A8, and A8X chips.
The fine of $506 million is just double the fine of $234 million in damages the Apple had to pay back in 2015. This time the Judge William Conley added a surplus of $272 million. As per the statements of Conley, Apple owes extra damages along with some heavy interest.
This is because Apple has continued to violate the patent of the University until its expiration at the end of 2016.
The lawsuit that is in question dates back to 2014 when the University of Wisconsin & its Alumni Research Foundation had accused Apple of the infringement on a patent that was titled as “Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer”. This patent was originally granted in 1998 by a Computer Science Professor named Gurindar Sohi and spans an important method of improving the overall processor efficiency.
A team of the jury has ruled the infringement on the patent of A7, A8, and A8X by Apple. As such, the Alumni Research Foundation of the University of Wisconsin has filed another lawsuit against Apple that covers the A9 chips of Apple that have not yet been ruled upon.
As per the Apple’s response, Apple plans to appeal to the District Judge William Conley’s decision. Currently, the Apple spokesperson has refused to give any statements over this issue. As per the sources, Apple has denied the allegations of infringement during the trial in court. Let us wait and watch how things turn up and in whose favor!